Saturday, September 12, 2015

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO (Season 2)


After spending almost a year as a member of the Service Club, Hachiman Hikiguya is no longer the outcast he fashioned himself to be. Along with Yukino and Yui, he has developed a talent for helping students in need, by looking behind the lies and falsehoods of youth to reach the heart of the matter. But does he truly understand people the way he thinks he does? In building walls to keep out the pain of his own failures, has he made himself incapable of understanding what it means to be close to others? When a club request goes array, the trio's friendship will be tested. To see if the bond they have made is only skin deep, or something much more.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO is the second anime series based on the light novel of the same name. Much like the first season it also runs a total of 13 episodes, however this season not only had a new director, Kei Oikawa, but also animated by a different studio, simply known as FEEL.


It's funny enough how one of my few complaints in my previous review of the first season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU was the somewhat bland animation. Then not long after, here comes the second season, with animation that was so beautiful I had to rewatch the first few minutes of the first episode to make sure I wasn't watching a different show. The scene itself was taken from one of the last episodes of the first season, showing both Yukinoshita and Yui performing in a band at the school festival. But while the first season just had both characters bouncing up and down as they played their instruments, Season 2 makes it look like you are watching a live concert. With each of the characters moving in a way that looks realistic. A trend that remains consistent with the entire season. Mad props to Studio FEEL for bringing their A game to this series since the animation quality goes a long way to add poignancy to the character's expressions and actions in this season.

The animation is not the only aspect of SNAFU that seems to be amped up. Now that Hachiman's relationship with both Yukinoshita and Yui seems to finally be in the friend category, Season two seems to be the test to see if their friendship is strong enough to last. Talking about it too much would give too much away but let's just say a single action creates a rift between the three friends and the rest of the season deals with not only healing this rift but also how this experience has affected them and their classmates. Even for someone like me, who is more into action/plot driven stories, I found myself eager to find out what was going to happen next and how the characters would mend their relationship, if at all. Hachiman himself gets some crucial character development in this season, making me sympathise and want to root for him all the more. Not to mention how his decisions seem to affect more and more people around him, which is interesting. This character prides himself on how he is the guy no one cares about. Yet now, after a whole season of helping others solve their problems, his actions both good and bad leave a lasting impact on not only his friends but his friendly acquaintances.



Even though this is only the series second season, it continues to floor me in how well this story is executed. If you aren't into the slice of life or romantic comedy genre, I'm not sure if this will be the show to sway you but I still think this is becoming a show that anime fans in general should at the very least check out. The story will definitely continue after this season, but thanks to it's excellently pacing, animation and character development, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO is a stand out season that should not be missed by fans and newcomers alike.





My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO is available for streaming on Crunchyroll
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